Crane manufacturer Klaas Alu-Kranbau has faced some particularly challenging industry-specific issues over the past few years, issues which grow ever more complex as the company expands rapidly. Take the basic product —a single crane, for example, accounts for 50,000 parts and takes several weeks to manufacture, necessitating carefully controlled production and inventory management. Since 2005, Klaas’ business has grown 85 percent in volume, headcount has more than doubled and inventory passed two million components as the company rolled out new products, says Jörg Schnettker, head of ITat Klaas.

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